An automotive battery is a type of rechargeable battery that supplies electric energy to an automobile. Usually this refers to an SLI battery (starting, lighting, ignition) to power the starter motor, the lights, and the ignition system of a vehicle’s engine.

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2007 MKZ Engine Won't Turn

The engine turn has been "weak" the last week or so. This morning it was kinda cold and it wouldn't turn at all; I'd hear a slight buzzing sound and the dash lights would kind of flicker when the ...
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RPM and duration to recharge a battery?

My car had been sitting for a while without being driven. The battery now has a weak charge but it can get the engine started (barely). I would like to charge the battery by running the engine, but ...
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Battery dies over weekend

This is about my Nissan Altima 2.5S. I drive it to work and drive back to home every weekday. My workplace is 10 miles from my home and it's about 20 minutes' ride single trip. Other than that the car ...
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Can an improper jump start cause damage to the starter motor?

Can a charger pack applied to the wrong terminals cause damage to a starter motor on a car. This was done resulting in a loud bang, flash and smoke inside the vehicle. What other damage could have ...
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2005 Chevy Cobalt won't start, sounds like a machine gun

I haven't driven my car in about a week, and when I went to try and start it today, it would not start. It has enough battery to play the radio and whatnot, so I'm not sure if it's a battery related ...
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2002 Altima: Battery and Gas Pedal Issues Same Week

Car Info: 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L with about 140k miles on it. The symptoms: On Tuesday of this week the car is in a parking lot, we return to the car, it starts and idles but when the accelerator ...
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2006 Mustang GT: Left car for 1 week, no power when returning

I went on vacation for a week. The car was working fine before I left. I came back and there is no power. Can't turn on headlights or unlock/lock with remote, and the car gives a clicking sound when ...
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Where is the battery located on a Chevrolet Cobalt and how do you change it?

I'm trying to get a 2006 Cobalt back on the road. It's presenting the symptoms of run down battery (Dim lights, time on the radio is reset to 12:00, won't start). The battery is original, so it's ...
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Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)

I was recently in the lucky position to obtain an (almost brand new) Alfa Romeo MiTo, Progression. Like many new cars coming out these days, it has "Start & Stop" technology that turns the engine ...
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Can I plug dj gear to Pilot 2013?

The touring pilot 2013 can provide 650 watts, and has a 115V outlet. But can it handle a good 2-3 hours of djing or would it kill the battery? All together the dj gear may consume up to 150 watts
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Factory panic alarm going off after changing battery [97 Toyota Camry]

We just changed the battery in our 1997 Toyota Camry now as soon as we connect the battery the panic alarm goes off and all the doors lock. How do we stop this / turn it off. ///note: the battery in ...
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How do I know if my car battery is dead?

By mistake, I left the headlights on overnight for my Honda Civic 2008. 24 hours later when I tried to start it, the car would not start and nothing would come on including the internal lights and the ...
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Battery has a draw with key off

I have a 2000 Grand Cherokee, and I’m having 2.23 Amp draw off the battery when the key is off. Leave the door open 2‒10 min., and the battery is dead or not strong enough to start the vehicle. I go ...
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Battery does not work after servicing?

The battery of the vehicle which is working fine before servicing at an authorized dealer, suddenly stops working a day after bringing the vehicle back from the service center. I've faced a problem ...
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WagonR refuses to start sometimes

My Suzuki WagonR (2008) is about four years old now. The problem is that my car refuses to start sometimes. I doubt my battery is the problem and the history of my battery is that I have not changed ...
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Why did my car stall when I used the foot brake?

Preface: I drive a 2004 Peugeot 206, manual On the motorway the other night, one of my tires blew out. I managed to pull over and change to the spare wheel in about 30 minutes (having never changed a ...
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My battery was so dead that my battery charger wouldn't charge it at all [duplicate]

The battery in the car went completely dead because we left the lights on. It was so dead that the battery charger I have refused to charge it. When I connected the battery charger and pressed the ...
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'03 Mazda Tribute needs jumped every time it starts

I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute. I'm not entirely sure what the problem is with the vehicle. I suppose it could be the alternator or just a dead battery, but could also be something more detailed. I have ...
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93 Nissan Sentra SE-R, replaced alternator voltage still low

My car died while I was driving it, but I can put the battery on a charger (or from another car, with jumper cables) and get it running albeit for a short period of time. I put a multimeter on the ...
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Car Battery won't charge after sitting for a Year

I have a main starter battery and a leisure batter in my van. They have been left unused for around a year with my van off the road. I am now trying to get it up and running however I am unable to ...
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Increase your Prius battery capacity?

There's a lot of info about Prius battery upgrades hidden in web forums, but I would like to bring some of that to SE. What are some of the easiest ways to hook up aftermarket batteries to your ...
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Should I turn off my headlights while having the car run to “defrost” while I scratch ice off the windows?

My 2009 Ford Mondeo Clipper has a very nice "Max Heating" setting, where it both defrosts front and back windows, and sets the airco to max temperature, max fan speed. When I find my car windows ...
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How to put 1997 Toyota 4Runner in neutral with dead battery?

My ’97 Toyota 4Runner with automatic transmission is parked head first in a small garage with a dead battery. I need to put it into neutral to push it out on the driveway so I can jump-start it. (This ...
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'01 Jeep Cherokee - Check Gauges light & low battery gauge

Bought my '01 Cherokee back in March & have had nothing but problems since; I've been slowly fixing them when I have the time/cash. However, this particular issue has me stumped (and it's happened ...
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What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
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Dashboard lights are dim?

We own a 2011 Mitsubishi Montero Sport GTV. We noticed that the dashboard lights were dimmer than normal. What could possibly cause this? Would replacing the battery fix this?
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08 Prius, New battery. Still dead

Prius, 08, smart key. Dead on Sunday am --- nothing works. Put trickle on the underhood postive and neg to body bolt. Got enough juice to open rear hatch (and dome light comes on ) Replaced with ...
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How to detect a failing car alternator..?

Is there some way we can predict that the car alternator is about to fail in order to avoid a discharged battery situation on the road.. Although it will slow the sound of horn and will dim the ...
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Wet battery durability based on how we start a motorbike engine

I have a motorbike with a wet battery. I use its electric starter to start the engine. Is there any research done by others before to prove which one of the following makes the durability of the wet ...
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Battery shorts when key is turned quickly

My friend has a newish (~2009) Toyota Tacoma that apparently can short the battery when he turns the key from off to start too fast. By short I mean, when fully charged the truck will click once like ...
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Pros/cons of higher capacity car battery?

I'm shopping for a new car battery for 1998 Subaru Outback (2.5l). For the physical dimensions the battery has to match, I see some variance in capacity (Ah) rating, and in price too, of course. The ...
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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Jumping car battery

Donor cables hooked up correctly receiving car cables reversed. Didn't start, smoked. Mechanice shop portable jumper then used receiving car again had cables reversed. Again smoked, didn't start. ...
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98 Grand Cherokee drains battery

The battery would go dead after sitting for a day. I checked battery and found a bad cell with a hydrometer. Replaced the battery and the problem remained. I hooked my meter between the positive post ...
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Motorcycle: Honda VTR 250 difficulty starting

I have a 2000 model Honda VTR 250. Up until now the bike has been super reliable. However, recently it has been struggling to start in the morning. The engine turns over many times before catching and ...
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Power vampire in car. Where do I start looking?

I have been to the car store four times and each time they tell me that the battery is good. A few of the cold-cranking amps (maybe at 50 or so, I don't remember the exact amount) are gone otherwise ...
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Riding mower won't start with new battery

I bought an old riding lawn mower (B&S 12HP). To start it, I had to jump it from a car. The battery also looked old, so I replaced it with a new one. When I tried to start it with the new ...
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Which amount of electricity does a car / truck battery store?

The goal is to know how much I could draw on it, for lighting my work area while changing brake pads, for example.
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97 Ford Explorer battery going dead

On Friday, my girlfriend's '97 Ford Explorer v6 lost electrical while driving. We were able to get it going again with a jump start. Lost electricity (lights / gauges) while driving, but were able to ...
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What current is “normal” for constant battery drain (not parasitic)

I'm having some problems with battery going dead sometimes, and I noticed that there are some small sparks after disconnecting the battery for a few seconds and then reconnecting again. It is not big ...
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How to track down an intermittent battery drain?

I know there are several questions on here about finding the source of a battery drain (like Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) ). However I don't think the answers ...
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2000 Dodge Intrepid electrical problem

I accidently let the battery power cable touch the frame of the car and it sparked. Now my car does not light up dashboard or anything type of power. I tried jumping the car and still no sin of life. ...
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Motorcycle battery - correct voltage running and stopped?

Hopefully a pretty straight forward one: I've been having trouble starting my bike. I checked the voltage on the battery when it was idling and got 12.9. Is this too low?
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The headlights dim to almost off when I turn off the engine. How do I test the battery?

My car still starts fine but when I turn off the car (just the motor . . the key is still in and "on") I noticed the headlights dim to almost off. It's and older car and the headlights don't turn off ...
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Anderson connector for car battery?

I am thinking about making a 20Ah LiFePo battery for my jeep with 4 tenergy LifePo4 cells from eBay. I will solder the terminals directly to each other, but for the leads going to the car, can I use ...
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Alarm system appears to be going out?

A bit ago, I went out to my van (1998 Toyota Sienna), unlocked, and got in with nothing unusual. When I put the key in the ignition and turned it to the on position, all the appropriate lights came ...
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How do you clean battery corrosion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use coca cola or baking soda + water to clean my battery clamps? My roommate's car wouldn't start, and we found a ton of corrosion on the battery posts. He ...
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Sudden battery drain in brand new Accord

The other day we stopped for lunch for about an hour on a long trip in a 2012 Honda Accord EX-L 4 cylinder. When we came back the battery had drained so much the car had to be jump started. The ...
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How long does a typical car battery survive without recharging?

I sometimes will stay in the car for extended periods with music player, parking lights turned on and engine turned off. I was wondering how long can the car battery survive this load. Should I be ...
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How long to you need to drive to recharge to offeset the power it took to start it?

I thought I heard the guy at the store said 7 miles, but it could have been 7 minutes. What is average? I live about 4 miles from work and it takes around 10-12 minutes to get there depending on the ...